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Superintendent Certification

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers coursework and internships leading to Superintendent certification. Upon completion of coursework, a passing score on the Superintendent Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (TExES), and evidence of Principal or equivalent certification, candidates will be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for issuance of the certificate.

Currently, courses are offered online. Check out the accelerated online programs website to find out more information about the Online Superintendent Certificate. Please contact Dr. Diane Patrick at to determine if you meet admission criteria.

Required Courses

EDAD 6279

Superintendency Practicum

EDAD 6373

The Superintendency

EDAD 6371

Administration of Staff Personnel & Advanced School Law

EDAD 6378

Advanced Curriculum and Program Assessment

EDAD 6374

Advanced School Business Administration

EDAD 6179

Superintendent Practicum

* Required EDAD courses for Superintendent Certification: 6179, 6279, 6371, 6373, 6374, and 6378.


Candidates must pass all appropriate state exams (limit of four retests) and apply for appropriate state certification(s) with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their student/clinical teaching or practicum program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty.

Out of State Students

Out of state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification.  Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UT Arlington will lead to certification in their state.

Texas Students

The Superintendent Certificate program is an approved educator preparation program in Texas. To be eligible to receive the Standard Superintendent Certificate, you must:

  • hold, at a minimum, a master's degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency, as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • hold, at a minimum, a standard principal certificate or the equivalent issued under this title or by another state or country;
  • successfully complete a Texas approved superintendent educator preparation program and be recommended for certification by that program; the program includes a supervised practicum in an accredited Texas public school or other school approved by the Texas Education Agency and be recommended for certification by that program;
  • pass Superintendent Practice Test with 85% minimum score to be eligible to register for the Superintendent TExES;
  • satisfactorily complete an exam based on the Texas Standards Required for the Superintendent Certificate;
  • and any other Texas Education Agency (TEA) or State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements.

Texas students who would like to be authorized to take the Texas superintendent exam (limit of four retests) must meet state, course, and documentation requirements and pass the practice superintendent exam. Students must come to the UTA Campus to take the practice exam.

All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs.

We do not recommend students for probationary certificates.